Savage baffles me. One of the reasons I joined this forum was to discuss him, though of course I'm also interested in discussing Coast to Coast and their hosts. I'm a conservative, and listen to a lot of conservative talk radio. But I like to think that I'm not a knee-jerk idealogue, and try to use my own brain once in a while. You may know that the most recent Savage firestorm(among conservatives) has been over his position on the Zimmerman-Martin trial.
I've been listening to Savage off and on for 8 or 9 years and one thing I've noticed increasingly is sloppy factchecking. For example, a couple of months ago, he spent a lot of time on a documentary about a long-lost VietNam POW even though the guy had been exposed as a fraud some days before. After the Woolwich machete terrorism incident, he repeatedly said that the assailants were dead. They weren't. A few years ago after a story about e.coli infected produce, he repeatedly said that tomatoes were the offenders, though the story had been changed to something else, peppers, I think. I could go on and on. My theory is that he treats his staff like crap, and they hate him and get him back by letting him go on the air with glaring errors. Kind of a Dilbert scenario.
I've noticed some of the same type of thing with George Noory, but nothing like with Savage.
Savage also seems to be relying increasingly on Alex Jones' websites. Not good. And he hates on other hosts, then wonders why they wouldn't come to his defense when he was banned in the U.K., though a few did, of course. Apparently there's an unwritten taboo about knocking other hosts on air, and that's why most of them don't say anything about him, or if they do, don't mention him by name. Savage, of course, doesn't care about this taboo. Neither does Mark Levin. They frequently launch on each other, and it's not just schtick, I don't think.
There are many problems with Savage and one of the biggest is lack of respect for listeners. It reminds me of a cheap diner we used to go to when I was a kid. It was a small town where for some reason decent restaurants couldn't make a go of it, and t he lettuce was brown and there was an I-don't care attitude, but like Dagwood Bumstead, we kept going for more punishment. This very evening, I will be tuning in at 9 Pacific time, maybe switching to Noory at 10. I need help.